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Tracey Saxby published FortisBC is putting residents in Squamish and Coquitlam at risk in Updates 2020-12-18 14:10:17 -0800
An independent hazard assessment of a worst-case scenario accident (X) shows that residents will suffer potentially lethal radiative effects (up to 330 metres), second degree burns (up to 460 metres), and pain (up to 715 metres). Photos show the Finch Drive (left) and Ravens Plateau (right) in Squamish.Read more
Tracey Saxby published Have your say on FortisBC's pipeline in Take Action 2020-12-17 15:03:02 -0800
Deadline midnight 23rd December, 2020
FortisBC has applied for an amendment to its environmental assessment certificate for its 24-inch, high-pressure pipeline from Coquitlam to the Woodfibre site. The amended route for this pipeline puts Squamish and Coquitlam residents at risk and must be changed!
Your input is critical! It can be as simple as stating your concerns and WHY you are opposed to the project, however, specific comments or questions related to FortisBC's amendment application have more weight. You can also copy and paste from the list of key concerns below. This is one of your only opportunities to hold FortisBC accountable and stop this pipeline!
Let FortisBC know that nothing is worth more than the safety and well being of our communities.
Submit your comments here by 23rd December 2020
Say why you are opposed to FortisBC's pipeline
Copy and paste the key concerns below
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List of key concerns with Fortis BC's pipeline and compressor station
We have compiled a list of our key concerns with Fortis BC's application below. Please feel free to cut and paste as many of these as you'd like to include. You can submit comments as many times as you like.
Support for moving the compressor station from Mt Mulligan to the Woodfibre site
FortisBC is proposing to move the compressor station from Mt Mulligan (near the Valleycliffe neighbourhood in Squamish) to the Woodfibre site. I support this relocation as it reduces the safety risks for people that live in the Valleycliffe neighbourhood of Squamish.
Relocation of the 24-inch high pressure pipeline along Finch Drive in Squamish puts residents at risk
FortisBC has re-routed the 24-inch high pressure pipeline along Finch Drive in Squamish, failing to take into account the increased density of homes built in that neighbourhood since 2015. I do not support the relocation of the pipeline, and I continue to oppose the approved pipeline route behind Ravens Plateau and through the Squamish Business Park. FortisBC has refused to answer questions from residents that live or work along the pipeline route regarding the blast radius from a worst-case scenario accident. An independent hazard assessment shows that residents could suffer potentially lethal radiative effects (up to 330 metres), second degree burns (up to 460 metres), and pain (up to 715 metres). Pressure waves from a worst-case scenario accident could result in destruction of buildings (up to 360 metres), serious injury (up to 570 metres), and shatter glass (up to 1,275 metres). FortisBC is recklessly putting Squamish residents at risk. I ask for the BC EAO to require FortisBC to consider alternative pipeline routes away from residential neighbourhoods.
New 3 km extension of the 24-inch high pressure pipeline in Coquitlam puts residents at risk
I oppose the new 3 km extension of the 24-inch pipeline in Coquitlam that puts the Westwood Plateau neighbourhood at risk. FortisBC has refused to answer questions from residents that live or work along the pipeline route regarding the blast radius from a worst-case scenario accident. An independent hazard assessment shows that residents could suffer potentially lethal radiative effects (up to 330 metres), second degree burns (up to 460 metres), and pain (up to 715 metres). Pressure waves from a worst-case scenario accident could result in destruction of buildings (up to 360 metres), serious injury (up to 570 metres), and shatter glass (up to 1,275 metres). FortisBC is recklessly putting Coquitlam residents at risk. I ask for the BC EAO to require FortisBC to consider alternative pipeline routes away from residential neighbourhoods.
Local air pollution has direct health impacts
FortisBC is proposing to power the new compressor station at the Woodfibre site using natural gas compressors that will increase local air pollution, which is directly linked to human health impacts, particularly for children and the elderly. Access to electricity is available on site, so why isn't FortisBC using it? I ask for the BC EAO to require FortisBC to use electricity to power the compressor station.
FortisBC + Woodfibre LNG = sixteenth biggest greenhouse gas polluter in BC
The ongoing operational greenhouse gas emissions from the FortisBC pipeline and compressor stations in Coquitlam and Squamish is estimated at 67,200 tonnes CO2-equivalent. When added to the annual local greenhouse gas emissions of 142,000 tonnes of CO2-equivalent from Woodfibre LNG, these combined projects will be the sixteenth biggest source of greenhouse gas pollution in BC. The science is very clear that we need to immediately reduce emissions by more than 50% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050. I ask for the BC EAO to add a condition to require operational emissions of this project are net zero by 2050.
Acid rock drainage and metal leaching from the 9 km tunnel under the Squamish estuary
FortisBC has revealed that there will be acid rock drainage and metal leaching from the new 9 km tunnel underneath the Squamish estuary. This is the same issue that has poisoned the lands and waters around Britannia Beach for decades, and now Squamish will have a treatment facility that will discharge directly into the Squamish River. A second acid rock drainage treatment facility will be located at the Woodfibre site. I ask the BC EAO to require FortisBC and Woodfibre LNG to pay a significant bond to ensure that taxpayers are not left with the cost of acid rock drainage cleanup.
Drilling and blasting noise 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for over two years
To drill the nine kilometre tunnel underneath the Squamish estuary, FortisBC estimates that there will be blasting and drilling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for over two years. This will have noise impacts for the surrounding homes and businesses in Dentville, Squamish Business Park, the Northyards, and Yekw'apsem reserve. This is unacceptable and results in a loss in quality of life for nearby residents.
Where will 600 fly-in fly-out workers be housed?
There will be over 600 workers during peak construction, however FortisBC does not have a plan for where these workers will be housed. Combined with the Woodfibre LNG project, there will be up to 1,100 fly-in fly-out workers in Squamish starting from 2022 till 2025. The cumulative social impacts of housing this many workers in Squamish has never been properly assessed. Squamish currently has a near zero vacancy rate for rental properties. I ask the BC EAO to require FortisBC to ensure that there are no negative impacts on the cost of housing and rental accommodation, especially for low income families living in Squamish.
Increased risk of COVID-19 transmission from fly-in fly-out workers
There have already been COVID-19 outbreaks at work camps for LNG Canada and Site C dam. How will FortisBC ensure that our communities are not exposed to COVID-19 from community-worker interactions?
Workcamps are linked to increased violence, sexual assault, and drug and alcohol abuse
The report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls revealed widespread violence linked to workcamps, with higher rates of sexual assault, harassment, and rampant drug and alcohol abuse by workers. How will FortisBC ensure that vulnerable residents are not subjected to these negative social impacts?
If you have any questions, contact Gareth Stuart, the Project Lead for FortisBC's Eagle Mountain to Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project.
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Tracey Saxby published Do you want a 24-inch pipeline in your backyard? in Updates 2020-11-17 11:11:08 -0800
FortisBC pipeline and compressor station amendment
FortisBC has applied for an amendment to its Environmental Assessment Certificate, and the public comment period started last week (deadline = 23rd December).Read more
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Tracey Saxby published Urgent! Help us stop Woodfibre LNG for good. in Updates 2020-09-05 09:58:20 -0700
Woodfibre LNG's current Environmental Assessment (EA) Certificate expires on 26th October 2020. To keep the existing EA certificate they need to begin construction before it expires, and that's not going to happen as the market for LNG has crashed and Woodfibre LNG hasn't even made a Final Investment Decision yet.Read more
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Tracey Saxby published FortisBC's pipeline puts residents at risk in Updates 2020-08-25 11:58:18 -0700
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Earlier this month FortisBC hosted two virtual information sessions to provide updates on their preferred route for the Eagle Mountain to Woodfibre pipeline, and relocation of the compressor station to the Woodfibre site.Read more
Tracey Saxby published Heads up! Zoning Bylaw update in Squamish in Updates 2020-07-24 10:59:15 -0700
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The District of Squamish is currently working on Phase 1 of the 2020 Zoning Bylaw Update, with a public hearing scheduled for this Tuesday, 28th July 2020.Read more
District of Squamish council votes to ratify the motion not to support a five-year extension of the Environmental Assessment Certificate for Woodfibre LNG unless they can meet IPCC climate targets. Councillors Eric Andersen, John French, and Doug Race voted in opposition.Read more
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Tracey Saxby published Good news! Squamish does not support an extension for Woodfibre LNG in Updates 2020-05-14 20:34:23 -0700
Comparing greenhouse gas emissions for the entire community of Squamish in 2017, with the projected local greenhouse gas emissions that Woodfibre LNG and the FortisBC compressor station will emit every year. Note that this doesn't include upstream emissions from fracking, emissions from shipping, or the emissions when the LNG is burned at the final point of combustion. These are local emissions only. References below.
Tracey Saxby published Woodfibre LNG has delayed construction... again! in Updates 2020-04-15 14:51:52 -0700
Woodfibre LNG has delayed construction till summer 2021. But here's the kicker... they're using COVID-19 as an excuse to get a five-year extension on their Environmental Assessment (EA) Certificate.Read more